IT’S FIN FOR C.K. FILM OVERSEAS
‘I Love You, Daddy’ pulled in France, Middle East
Louis C.K.’s new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” won’t be hitting screens overseas, as international distributors have pulled their intended releases amidst the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding the Newton-bred comedian.
After the film distribution outfit The Orchard nixed its domestic release of “I Love You, Daddy” last week, all of the company’s international distribution partners have now decided to scrap their respective releases abroad.
Gianluca Chakra of Front Row Entertainment, a leading distributor in the Middle East, told Deadline: “As much as we acknowledge Louis C.K.’s creative and performing talent … releasing the film in the Middle East and North Africa would mean condoning this type of behavior and forgetting the damage it has caused and still causes to the victims regardless of gender.”
France’s ARP Selection is also canceling its Dec. 27 release of “I Love You, Daddy,” because “it’s not the same film for the viewer,” as Michele Halberstadt put it to Deadline. “With what’s happening, it’s not possible to release it … I bought a film and if people see it (in the context of) today, they won’t see what we bought.”
The film’s releases in Scandinavia and Israel have also been shelved.
The movie, which C.K. made under wraps, was initially going to hit U.S. theaters Friday. The Orchard pulled the plug in light of The New York Times’ expose published on Nov. 9 that featured five women alleging that C.K. tried to masturbate in front of them.
C.K. issued a statement the following day, admitting that the stories were true and expressing remorse.
But his apology has been met with criticism, including from “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey.
“He didn’t apologize,” Headey tweeted. “FULL STOP. He wrote some stuff that he thought would make people still think he’s funny. He ain’t.”
FX Networks and FX Productions have cut ties with C.K. and they will no longer be working with him on “Better Things,” “Baskets,” “One Mississippi” and “The Cops.”
Netflix, which was supposed to produce two new stand-up specials with C.K., announced it would not do the second special that was to follow the “Louis C.K. 2017” that was released in April.
Amid sexual misconduct claims, Louis C.K.’s new film, ‘I Love You, Daddy,’ has been shelved both in the U.S. and overseas.